High School Football Preview

September 05, 1997|By Lem Satterfield

Baltimore County

Boys' Latin Lakers

1996 record: 8-2

Coach: Drew Haugh (career: 38-46)

Top players: Jason Leneau, Sr., RB-DB; John McHugh, Sr., OT-DT; Damien Watson, Sr., LB; Joey Buchannan, Sr., RB-DB; Craig Hochstadt, Sr., FB-LB; James Watson-Galbraith, Sr., LB; Hunter Lochte, Jr., WR; Danny Berger, So., QB.

Outlook: 37 players tried out, including eight returnees and several up from an 8-1 JV. Only seven are seniors, however, "so we'll be young," Haugh said. "Even though we lost some seniors, going to have some sophomores step up. We have a little bit of depth, so not everybody has to play both ways."

Calvert Hall Cardinals

1996 record: 3-8

Coach: Lou Eckerl (career: 8-24)

Top players: Lou Georgialas, Sr., OT-DT; Chip Stack, Sr., C; Jason Bungori, Sr., QB; Mike Wineki, Sr., TE-DE; Troy Brown, Sr., DB; Matt Harlan, Sr., LB; Chad Parsons, Jr., RB; Allan Maszarosc, Jr., DE; Greg Smoot, Jr., FB-LB.

Outlook: The Cardinals, of the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference, will boast one of the area's toughest schedules again. But with 14 players returning and several others up from a 7-3 JV, Eckerl is looking to reverse his fortunes over last season.

Catonsville Comets

1996 record: 7-3

Coach: Warren Como (career: 62-37)

Top players: Jim Affeldt, Sr., C-DL; Bob Bennett, Sr., G-LB; Mike Sunstroum, Sr., QB-DB; John Sibley, Sr., G; Sean Dalley, Sr., LB-TE; Aaron Chesley, Sr., WR-DB; B.J. Brooks, Jr., LB-DL.

Outlook: Though Como's Comets move up to the Class 3A-4A league, he is no less encouraged with seven returning starters among his turnout of 86 kids. "The bulk of the team is up from a 9-1 JV, so we're very young. But I see a lot of positives," Como said. Affeldt, Bennett, Dalley and Brooks all are three-year veterans. Coupled with those from the JV, they can form a cohesive unit.

Chesapeake Bayhawks

1996 record: 2-8

Coach: Rod McMillion (first year)

Top players: Ben Carter, Sr., C; Ryan Ambrose, Sr., QB; Sheyenne Hammer, Sr., G; Chris Porter, Sr., TE; Justin Seabolt, Sr., LB.

Outlook: With only four starters back among a turnout of 37, the Bayhawks are "trying to restructure the program," McMillion said. For the Bayhawks, a record close to .500 in the Class 1A-2A league will be considered a success.

Dulaney Lions

1996 record: 9-1

Coach: Jeff Mann (career: 21-9)

Top players: Shaun Erdman, Sr., C-NG; Steve Duncan, Sr., TE-LB; Mike Ross, Sr., QB-DB; Derek Swanson, Jr., QB; Yuri Goikberg, Sr., FB-LB; Josh Harness, Sr., RB-DB.

Outlook: The Lions, tri-champions in the 3A-4A league with Perry Hall and Woodlawn last year, will try to duplicate that feat with Milford Mill and Catonsville having moved up to the 10-team division this year.

Dundalk Owls

1996 record: 1-9

Coach: Bob Schweid

Top players: A.J. Stapleton, Sr., LB-OG; Danta Woods, Sr., T-DT; Russ Denny, Sr., RB-S; Tony Virata, RB-DB; Scott Fenloch, Sr., QB; Larry Lewis, Sr., DE; Greg Hollis, Sr., T-LB; John Mease, Jr., C-DE; Rodney Evans, So., RB-S.

Outlook: The Owls, of the county 3A-4A league, will dress as many as 25 varsity players, with some fill-ins from a 3-7 JV squad. "We're going to be improved because we have a group of kids who are really making the effort to learn and work together," Schweid said. "We've got a lot of speed, but not a lot of depth."

Eastern Tech Mavericks

1996 record: 7-3

Coach: Nick Arminio (career: 9-11)

Top players: Calvin Pearce, Sr., TE-LB; Jake Hensler, Sr., TE-LB; Ray Jones, Jr., FB-NG; Anthony Lawston, Jr., WR-LB; Ralph Henry, Jr., OL-DL; Jason Hartman, So., RB-DB; Steven Lawston, So., WR-DB.

Outlook: Lawston, a second-team All-City/County pick last year, is among the area's best at his postion with a two-year total of 71 receptions, 1,504 yards and 10 TDs. The 6-4, 210-pounder's also one of six returning starters among a turnout of 65 players for a team that could threaten for the county 3A-4A division crown. "The kids worked hard during the off-season, and we're going to be able to play with the big boys this year," Arminio said.

Franklin Indians

1996 record: 5-5

Coach: Rob Smith (career: 19-31)

Top players: Brian Lowery, Sr., RB; Demetrius Mitchell, Sr., TE; Chris Randall, Sr., TE; Derrick Randall, Sr., DB; Chip Burgess, Sr., QB; Phillip Alexander, Jr., LB; Tyrone Gholston, Jr., RB-DB; Mearshad Karbassi, Jr., G-DT.

Outlook: The Indians, of the county's 3A-4A league, return 12 starters but have been reclassified into Class 2A. Lowery was the top rusher last year, and "we're looking for big things from him," said Smith. Chris Randall is a three-year starter, and Derek Randall, a very good defensive player. "I'm fairly optimistic about the season because the juniors got a lot of playing time and have really matured," said Smith, whose JV was 8-2.

Hereford Bulls

1996 record: 11-1

Coach: Steve Turnbaugh (career: 16-6)

Top players: Jason Wingeart, Sr., RB-DB; Jason Murphy, Sr., RB-DB; Jason Shupert, Sr., OL-DL; Mark Troch, Sr., QB; Rob Collins, Sr., RB-LB; Brian Bandurchin, Sr., OL-DL; Roger Evans, Sr., P-K-LB.

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